Santa Fe all the Way

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Hey!  Just got back from a great trip to Santa Fe.  I saw the currents new media main exhibit, meow wolf, a band that I really like and was not expecting to see, and tried a number of coffee shops and bars with my friend Ben.  Santa Fe was definitely worth the trip.  I’ve only included a few images from my sketch book here, a photo of the concert my friend and I were at, and then some photos of installations from Meow Wolf. I’ve got to say that airports are great places to draw in.  Enjoy!

 

In Memory Of

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Something That Must Be Shared

When light shines, it expands

I have seen it wash over dark places

I have seen things go from silhouettes to full blown colors

So bright and expressive that my mind and heart burst

I could not contain sunlight, only reflect it

Something that must be shared

Like love and laughter

Like tears and sadness

Something that illuminates how we’re human

(Dedicated to Joanne Osterman)

The Final Destination, Prague

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We get a ride from Dresden to Prague and then walk around.

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The Jewish Quarter

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Mucha

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Walking by Museum Kampa

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David Cerny “Babies”

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This sculpture really instilled in me how horrible it was to be behind the iron curtain…if the Berlin Wall hadn’t already.  It’s also a great example of how sometimes art is more effective if it’s not beautiful, if it’s more gritty and ugly.  The way the art is done gets to the heart of the matter really well.  I put the information about the art next to in case you want to read about the content.

Up to Prague Castle

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I was turned away at the entrance to Prague Castle’s catholic church.  Apparently I was showing too much skin.  However, after waiting maybe 15 minutes outside my Dad came out of the church and escorted me in.

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Back in Mucha’s building

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Fin

The Last Ride

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The day after we arrived in Dresden we were driven out to the Swiss-Saxony National Park.  It has some amazing rock formations.  There was some rock climbing that I didn’t get to do but the views were amazing.

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Once we reached Dresden it was the end of our bike tour.  So our guides treated us all to dinner at a great seafood restaurant called Kastenmeiers.  It was a great way to spend the night.

 

 

 

So Many Pickles

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Our fearless leaders with the boat guide and two of the other cyclists.. I ate a lot of liver that night.

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We biked through a town with cool sculptures on the way to a pickle factory.  There is a story that goes with the statues but it was all in German so I can’t tell you what it was.

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tasting the different pickles

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And then we went back to the hotel.

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On the way to Dresden

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On our travels we stopped at Meissen, a porcelain manufacturer that started in 1710.  It makes and paints all its porcelain by hand, using techniques from when it was founded.  When we went to the factory it had a really cool exhibit of work by contemporary artists.  The artists were from the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. I saw one expat’s work.  It was a really great representation of different cultures with references with how they used to, and how they currently use porcelain.  I wrote down some but not all of the artist’s names.  If you want to look them up here they are:

Khaled Al-Saai,  Rokneddin and Rokni Haerizadeh,  Birgit Dieker, Xiao Hui Wang, Nja Mahdaoui, and Frank Michaelis

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This trip ended in the historical part of Dresden.

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Starting in Berlin

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I’ve been on vacation for the past couple weeks in Germany and the Czech Republic.  It was amazing to say the least and I got to learn a lot during my travels as well as meet some fun and interesting people.  So I know this is not my usual painting, but I’ve decided to share my scrap book and photos from the trip.  So to Berlin we go!!

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The Hotel

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WWII

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Markers for where Jews lived before the Holocaust

Markers for where Jews lived before the Holocaust

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Hitler died in a bunker under this parking lot.

The Berlin Wall

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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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